The Wind Tunnel Tool: Navigating Uncertainty and Vulnerability to Measure Resiliency

The Wind Tunnel Tool: Navigating Uncertainty and Vulnerability to Measure Resiliency

Organizer: 
Sarah M Diefendorf
EFCWest
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 1
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

How do we know where we are most vulnerable to climate change? What stakeholders do we need in the room? How proposed strategies impact diverse stakeholders? What strategies are most likely to allow communities to adapt to climate events, and bounce back when they occur? Join us in this fun and active training session to learn and apply a four-part tool that will help you guide communities through the vulnerability assessment process.

First we prioritize our community assets—stakeholders and resources that are most important and relevant to the group. Next, participants consider what strategies they would like to test with the highest prioritized community assets (groups select from proposed strategies that have been cultivated from the Green New Deal, and they may also create their own). Using a systemic tool, participants then imagine how the community assets behave under the different strategies. Finally, we explore how the different assets performed in our test of different strategies, and identify where the strategies were effective, and where vulnerabilities still exist. This exercise often reveals unintended consequences, both positive and negative.

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Co-organizers:

Elaine McCarty, efcwest.net